Online blackjack is one of the most popular card games, and in this guide, we will discuss how to play, the rules, and strategies to help increase the chances of winning.
Typically, blackjack is played with one or more standard decks of 52 cards. It is crucial to remember that the number of decks is an important factor determining the overall pay-out. Ideally, the more the decks, the higher the house edge. Thus, it is always advisable to start with one deck as a beginner.
Before we dive into the details of playing, we must mention the game’s objective. Ideally, the main aim when playing online blackjack is to beat the dealer. It is attainable if:
When playing a hand, players have five options. Hit, stand, double down, split, and surrender.
With this option, players will be requesting an additional card. It is applicable when cards don’t total 21. Players can repeat this option until they decide to stand, or if the value goes past 21, in which case they will have ‘bust’.
This means that players believe they have enough to beat the dealer, and they don’t wish to take any additional cards.
This option is recommendable mainly when players believe they have a higher chance of winning. In this case, they will place an additional bet (doubling the size of their original bet) and will be dealt one more card with no option to stand or hit on their original hand.
If a player lands two cards with the same rank, they have the option to split them. It gives them a chance to place an additional bet and play two hands.
If players have reasons to believe that they don’t stand a chance to win, they can surrender. In this case, they will not play their hand and will forfeit half their bet.
Never take insurance (a special bet offered if the dealer’s up-card is an ace). An insurance bet has a 3% house advantage and only pays off when the dealer has a 10-point card which only happens 30% of the time.